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Attach an ID to the ghost gear.

Time:2018-07-20 / Popularity:

The World Society for the Conservation of Animals(WAP) recently called on FAO member states to ensure that all fishing nets are marked with an ID by 2025 to prevent the creation of "ghost fishing gear" from the source, thus protecting marine animals from abuse.
Ghost fishing gear refers to abandoned, lost and discarded fishing nets, fishing lines and other types of fishing devices. According to WAP statistics, 640,000 tons of ghost fishing gear are abandoned in the ocean each year -- which is equivalent to the weight of 52,000 London double-decker buses; This has resulted in at least 136,000 marine animals, such as whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles, dying each year as a direct result of being trapped by "ghost fishing gear". Millions of marine creatures have lived for many years in the pain of being entangled in Ghost fishing gear. And since the vast majority of fishing gear is made of plastic, existing "ghost fishing gear" may take up to 600 years to be completely decomposed.
"ID tags can be used to identify problem fishing gear with a higher loss rate and can also be used to locate problem fishing gear. WAP CEO Shidifu·maikeweier believes that if all commercial fishing nets are marked, fishing boats will have greater motivation to make sure that the nets are not lost and will try to retrieve them after they are lost. On the other hand, law enforcement agencies will also have the opportunity to track and prosecute repeat offenders. With multiple gear marking methods in place and new technologies in place, a standardized global gear marking system is a viable option for improving the traceability of the marine food supply chain to protect animals.
According to a study provided by WAP, more than 817 species of marine life are currently known to be affected by marine litter, and 45 per cent of marine mammals on the Red List of Endangered Species are already affected by ghost fishing gear. This effect will also have a direct impact on humans: ghost fishing gear will eventually be broken down into plastic particles that will enter the human body when humans eat marine fish.